Executive Bios

William C. Brown

William C. Brown

VP Marketing

Honed his eye for design as a commercial architect and lead designer for the interior spaces of high-end hotels and restaurants for SRSS, T+CT Design Studio and The Van Dresser Company. Brown joined Sionic Mobile in October 2010 wearing many hats: design and create digital maps for the top 42 US airports for the first release of ION; identify, hire and manage a design firm to create the corporate and product brands, and a PR and marketing firm; and, build a network of suppliers for all digital and printed marketing materials. Brown also manages all social media outlets for the Company.

Robert Burroughs

Robert Burroughs

EVP Products

Led Bellsouth Mobility (now AT&T) in the launch of several consumer products including voice connect and one number service. Burroughs headed product planning and marketing for IntelliOne and launched the company’s ioVector application for iPhone and Blackberry – a traffic navigation and trip planning app marketed through Rogers Communications throughout Canada.  Burroughs transitioned his knowledge base and supplier relationships when joining Sionic Mobile in mid-2010.

Andrew Choi

Andrew Choi

VP Development

Designed and developed multiple mobile platforms for Motorola, T-Mobile and Intellione.  Choi pioneered complex smartphone apps for the Blackberry platform and very first iPhone when Apple initially launched its AppStore and is considered a subject matter expert on all versions of iOS.  Choi designed and co-developed our first generation platform in late 2010 and solely developed the first release of ION for iPhones.

Lori Frans

Lori Frans

VP Support Services

Led the SAP integration team for McData’s customer service and support system and managed the customer support team for a large Boeing contractor.  Frans joined the company in 2013 to define and build a world-class customer support practice addressing the needs of our partners, merchants, nonprofits and users across all services and apps: ION Loyalty for merchants, ION Rewards for consumers and Shop2Give for nonprofits and their supporters.

Phil Gura

Phil Gura

Chief Legal Officer

Served as the chief legal officer and head of government relations for Merchant Customer Exchange LLC or MCX, where he worked closely with top executives from many of the largest and most influential retailers in the world, including Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Phillips 66, and Southwest Airlines, to name a few. Gura led MCX’s legal group with responsibilities for governance, regulatory/compliance, privacy/data security and intellectual property efforts. Gura has more than fifteen years’ experience as the chief legal officer of major corporations, including MCX, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. and LaRoche Industries, Inc.

Ronald D. Herman

Ronald D. Herman

Founder & CEO

Co-founded two tech companies; the first was divided into automotive services and sold to Carlson Marketing Group and the healthcare practice sold to EDS, bringing him to Atlanta, Georgia.  Herman joined Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in 1997 to help build the firm’s Advanced Technology Group immediately following the split from Andersen Consulting.  In 2001, Herman co-founded IntelliOne Technologies, a location-based services company.  In a span of nine years, IntelliOne completed two acquisitions and raised $40 million in private, venture and strategic capital prior to its acquisition by a Canadian partner in 2010. Herman provided seed stage capital and founded Sionic Mobile in 2010 and brought forward key staff members and stakeholders from IntelliOne into the venture.

Nat Milburn

Nat Milburn

Executive Director

Served as vice president for Institutional Fund Raising and Business Development at Revel Partners, a NYC-based early-stage venture capital firm. There, he led the firm’s first major engagement of Institutional Investors for its $125M Fund II and served as interim president of machine learning start-up, Nexosis, Revel Partners’ first investment from Fund II. Milburn was also the Founder and Managing Director of brand and technology development consultancy, Dragonfly Growth Partners, and held several senior executive positions at Newell Rubbermaid and The Coca-Cola Company.